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Dryer runs but won't heat and dry

We think it's the heating element but we can't find a diagram to show us how to access all of the parts. Does anyone have access to a diagram of our model dryer?

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  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith May 11, 2010

    Well , what is the brand and model number ?

  • MIKE major May 11, 2010

    what make?kenmore series?-mike

  • Ned Halaweh
    Ned Halaweh May 11, 2010

    diagram should be underneith the console. you don't specify what model you have.

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    Need your model number in order to verify if there are any parts diagrams of your model dryer. All dryers are not manufactured that same. Also, is this GAS or ELECTRIC?

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On the heater there will be a cut-off switch, wich cut power to heater if it gets to hot. Very common fault. Heater sits mostly behind a cover on the back of machine. On most models.

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